The convoluted plot.
Many of Wentworth's damsels in distress might deserve to be thrown off cliffs, buried in a chasm or drowned in a tidal pool, because they seem to have no frontal lobes and lack foreseeability, but with that caveat, I find that she has enough variety in her plots to make me keep listening.
I quite enjoy Diana Bishop's performances. She keeps me coming back to hear more.
Not all witches ride a broom.
One has to keep in mind that many of Patricia Wentworth's young female love interests, have the survival instincts of a lemming, but the rest of the characters are quite fascinating, and I just when I think I know where the story is going, Wentworth likes to make a sharp right turn.
I am often easily bored with novels, but this one was not only well written, but it's plot was so intriguing that I found myself neglecting everything I needed to do, to keep listening to try to find out, if I would be able to dismiss this, with a "Oh, I know where this is going," and put it down, so I could go about my business.
Fascinating characters which are well drawn.
I would highly recommend this book to those who are jaundiced with formulae plots, and want to be kept guessing.
Characters were silly, story was silly and I really thought the detective should have taken up another career.
Unlike many of the other reviewers, in my opinion David Thorpe makes the characters live. His ability to create both male and female roles, who one recognizes without having to refer back to their names, is indeed an art. I often think that Americans have great difficulty with accents other than a broad American accent and actually cannot understand some narrators, especially if the narrator is familiar with regional accents in his own country.
It continues to be interesting to pick out Allingham's personal opinions put into the mouths of her characters. Such as the one in which she describes a fog settling on London for days, sufficiently unpleasant enough to make contemporary Londoners wonder why their ancestors insisted own building a city in a swamp - which may make Americans, who live and visit Washington, D.C., also wonder if there was a DNA requirement for the Colonists to want to build their capital in a swamp
Sometimes Allinghams characters are so foolish as to make me to lose patience with them, such as the Vicar, but, then, he may very well represent many of the foolish we also meet today, so one just has to take a deep breath and hope he doesn't do any more harm than he does.
This is not one of her best plots but it is still entertaining and I continue to be hooked on Campion and his friends and relatives.
Characters are well drawn, but it is of the genre that after you read one or two, it's just fine, you don't need to read this format over and over and over. Lesser Jane Austin also rans.
I would recommend this to people who like stories about police trying to solve a crime. Has the right amount of action for males, and enough story for those who believe a book should have a plot.
I really enjoy Simon Prebble's performance of this book. In fact, I often look up the books of which he is the narrator, just to listen to his performance.
Neither laugh nor cry, but I enjoyed it.
For thinking readers.
Others by this author.
A film for people who enjoy a mystery. Not for males between the ages of 13 and 35.
These mysteries which were written in the early 20th Century are definitely dated, but they are quite enjoyable, since the reader is solving the crime along with the protagonist.
I would make the protagonist a little smarter and less buffeted by events and people around her, she has the foreseeability of a chicken trying to cross a six lane highway.
Most of the story was not too interesting.
Patience Tomlinson can make even a character without a frontal lobe interesting.
Probably, it's about the level of the average television viewer.
I didn't like the protagonist, nor her son, nor her ex-husband. The most interesting of the characters were the two kids who were living with her, and if I had not purchased another of this series, before I heard this one, I would not purchase another.
No, I never listen to a book more than once, unless very unique.
No, but it did make me want to hear it to the end.
The dead never leave.
I find that some of the plot a bit troubling, that a Scotland Yard detective is such a lone wolf, but, perhaps in the agency's early years, this behavior was acceptable.
Dialogue and Characters.
I read for characters, dialogue and plot. If you don't like Dickens, you won't like Heyer.
It is so rare to read good dialogue, that to read or hear Heyer, in whatever genre, is a pleasure to both the mind and the senses. On the other hand, if you need plot driven stories, with guns, vehicle crashes or good looking vampires, she is not the author for you.
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